I know I'm really late to the party on this discovery, but Christmas is way fun when you have little kids. Okay, so the hubby and I -- erm, Santa -- had to stay up really late in the "workshop" assembling all the gifts, stumbling into bed only to be woken up a few hours later (4:45 am, in fact) by the sound of a wailing Gravy Baby wondering if maybe Santa had forgotten to come to our house and could he puh-lease check right this instant?! We told him that Santa only makes deliveries available after 6:00 am, but what basically resulted was an hour and 15 minutes of four people laying in bed, wide awake and gazing at the ceiling. Still, that feverish anticipation was worth every second.
^^ our Southern boy and his pickup truck. also, a minivan tent ^^
^^ christmas eats: a chocolate peppermint loaf cake serves double duty for the hubby's birthday, and we had a festive tomato/avocado/sausage breakfast casserole after the presents were opened ^^
^^ collecting "christmas tree scraps" for "work" in the garden ^^
^^ everyone loves our new modes of transportation, even Gravy Too ^^
Hope your holidays were as fun-filled and joyous as ours!
I know it's been awhile. We've been immersed in two months of travel, a birthday party, a family reunion and Gravy Too's little pigtails (pics to come). Earlier this week in Seattle, my lovely Gravy Baby (a big boy now!) took an opportunity to embrace a soup dumpling character at the entrance to Din Tai Fung. As I snapped the pic, something seemed really familiar.
After digging through some archives, I realized that this is the exact same pose I struck at the Hong Kong airport when we were moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2009. It just goes to show you that some things aren't taught -- you're born with it.
In our case, that would be a love of Chinese dumplings.
I have realized in the past few months that while I love being a mom, I am a much happier mom when I'm working. It's taken me 3 years to own it, and I have so much mad respect for the moms who stay home with their kidlets, day in and day out.
My current job situation allows me to stay at home AND work. It's basically the best thing ever to have happened to our family. I get to use my mind grapes during the day and still have time to cook dinner every night. As you know by now, that's worth its weight in gold in the Gravy household. The Gravy Baby has gotten old enough now that as soon as he gets picked up from preschool, the first words out of his mouth are, "What are we eating tonight?"